May 24 AT 9:42 AM Alberto Vildosola 21 Comments

T-Mobile turns on 42Mbps HSPA+ in 55 cities across the U.S.

Well, that’s a bit coincidental ain’t it. Right after revamping its “not so unlimited” plans, T-Mobile is trying to lure us back in with the promise of some crazy fast 4G speeds. The company just flipped the switch on 42Mbps HSPA+ in more than 50 markets across the United States.

These markets include Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco, among others. Even if you live in one of these cities but don’t have a 42Mbps HSPA+-compatible device, you should start seeing a faster, and more reliable data connection, according to T-Mobile.

The company said that T-Mobile customers with compatible devices should expect a theoretical peak download speed of 42Mbps. This is two times faster than what T-Mobile customers are getting with 21Mbps HSPA+ right now.  But as we all know, the actual speed that you’ll get on your device will be much lower than 42Mbps.

Additionally, T-Mobile took the opportunity to announce its very first 42Mbps-compatible laptop stick, the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0. The device is manufactured by ZTE, and will go on sale tomorrow for $99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate — or $199 without a contract.

Finally, the company said that while they’re currently selling a dozen 4G devices, they plan to announce thirteen more before the end of the year. I’m not a genius, but I’m guessing most of those devices will be Android phones.

With wireless speeds now surpassing wired ones, I wonder how long it’ll be until we don’t need a separate Internet access plan for our homes anymore. Even if you just get 10Mbps out of the 42Mbps that T-Mobile is promising, that’s still faster than what most U.S. homes are getting nowadays. Imagine having just one data plan that you use everywhere you go, what a novel idea.

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America’s Largest 4G Network Now Twice as Fast in More Than 50 New Markets
T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, the company’s first 42Mbps capable product, available starting tomorrow, delivers a lightning-fast mobile broadband experience

BELLEVUE, Wash. – May 24, 2011 – Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced it is doubling the speed of its 4G network in more than 50 markets to achieve theoretical peak download speeds of up to 42 megabits per second (Mbps). T-Mobile customers in 55 markets will now have access to increased 4G network speed, capacity and reliability. These markets include Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco, Calif., among others.

(EDITORS NOTE: A full list of new markets where T-Mobile’s 42mbps 4G capability is available can be located at the end of this news release.)
In addition, T-Mobile’s first 42 Mbps-capable 4G product, the T-Mobile Rocket® 3.0 laptop stick, will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow, May 25. The Rocket 3.0, manufactured by ZTE, is designed to take advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G network speeds. Capable of speeds twice as fast as T-Mobile’s previous 4G devices, customers in 42Mbps coverage are expected to experience more consistent 4G speeds when creating and sharing mobile content, streaming and connecting through mobile video, and participating in multiplayer gaming.

“We are continuing the aggressive expansion of America’s Largest 4G Networkâ„¢, and also doubling our speeds in more than 50 markets this month,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “While customers with existing 3G and 4G devices will benefit from our continued network enhancements, new devices like the new Rocket 3.0 laptop stick will enable customers to reap the benefits of even faster 4G speeds.”

Providing customers with a blazing fast Internet connection on almost any laptop while on the go, the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 is equipped with a convenient rotating swivel USB form factor and three changeable faceplates in cobalt blue, dark violet and matte black. The Rocket 3.0 will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at tomorrow for $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate, with a qualifying mobile broadband plan on a two year service agreement1. Postpaid monthly plans start at $29.99, and customers with a qualifying voice line of service with T-Mobile receive a 20 percent discount. Customers can also purchase the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 without an annual contract for $199.99. For more information about the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, including pricing and plan details, visit

As T-Mobile’s 4G network continues to expand and get faster, the company’s portfolio of 4G products is also growing. T-Mobile currently offers a dozen 4G-capable devices spanning smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products that give customers access to America’s Largest 4G Network. The company has announced plans to deliver a total of 25 4G-capable devices in 2011.

T-Mobile’s 4G network already reaches more than 200 million Americans in 170 markets. By midyear, T-Mobile expects that more than 150 million Americans will have access to increased 4G speeds as T-Mobile upgrades its 4G network. A list of new markets where the new faster speeds are available can be found below.

T-Mobile 4G markets where 42Mbps service is launching today:
Albany, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Atlanta, Ga.; Auburn, Ala.; Augusta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Bentonville, Ark.; Boulder, Colo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Durham, N.C.; El Paso, Texas; Fort Collins, Colo.; Gainesville, Fla.; Gainesville, Ga.; Greeley, Colo.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.; Macon, Ga.; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Miami, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Olympia, Wash.; Omaha, Neb.; Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Portland, Ore.; Salinas, Calif.; San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.; Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.; Savannah, Ga.; Seattle, Wash.; Spokane, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; Valdosta, Ga.; Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.; Warner Robins, Ga., and Wichita, Kan.

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  • http://Website Rev

    =With wireless speeds now surpassing wired ones, I wonder how long it’ll be until we don’t need a separate Internet access plan for our homes anymore. Even if you just get 10Mbps out of the 42Mbps that T-Mobile is promising, that’s still faster than what most U.S. homes are getting nowadays. Imagine having just one data plan that you use everywhere you go, what a novel idea.=

    As long as the wireless providers keep capping it 2GB per month, it’s not going to be compatible with home use.

    I currently use WiMax from Clear, which is the only provider offering more than 2GB per month, and it’s pretty cheap too: $50/month for two accounts, each with a 10MBit down, 1 MBit up (true speeds) account. Even Clear caps you after a while, although it’s much more than 2GB

    • http://Website Randolf Hearst

      Good luck trying to use cellular internet as your home Internet connection with a 2GB monthly data cap. 2GB isn’t even enough to stream one HD movie off iTunes or Netflix.

      You might say “but T-Mobile has an unlimited plan”…say goodbye to that once T-Mobile gets swallowed up by AT&T.

  • http://Website JGarrido

    Your move, Comcast.

  • http://Website watbetch

    As it stands T-Mobile is only using 1 HSPA carrier in all of it’s 21Mbps network. With this new carrier you get 2x the capacity so the select few with these modems will see much higher speeds than people just using the 1 carrier of 3G.

    Reports of 20Mbps with these new modems..
    No bad and on par with Verizon LTE

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  • http://Website reddragon72

    In houston I am getting solid 6+ down and 2.8 to 3.9 up on my vibrant. Can’t wait till my next phone with hspa +

    • juhopt4

      I bought the Samsung galaxy s2 just with the idea that I will get such of speed in Houston. I’m getting from 1.5 Mbps to 3 Mbps that is pretty crappy in my opinion.

  • http://Website tuan

    Im in north houston(spring) on my g2 and i am getting 3mbps still. nothing changed.

    • http://Website reddragon72

      @TUAN… If I goto 1960 and 249 my speeds are ok 4 down and 1.6 up, but at my house in Cypress I get crazy 6+ down and 3+ up so your area might be congested. Even at my work 249 and Louetta my speeds are no where near my home speeds.

      • http://Website Tuan

        Yea i am louetta and stuebner airline. downtown i am about the same. I guess cypress is a nice location since not too many people live out there.

  • http://Website question

    I know it depends on location, distance to tower, etc. but what is the real world speeds one could see with “laptop stick”? I’d imagine closer to 15Mbps-20Mbps down, but who knows.

  • http://Website Max

    WOOT!! Now we can reach our data caps on supposed “UNLIMITED” data even faster…

    • http://Website JaylanPHNX

      It doesn’t work that way. Data consumption is about behavior, not speed. If you send 6 emails, read 17 news feeds, watch 3 youtube videos, and surf 10 web pages, you will consume the same amount of data, regardless of speed. The only difference is how much waiting you do. 3G or HSPA+ 42, it’s all the same data for the same task.

  • http://Website Trey

    I’m stil getting 1+ Mbps down and .5Mps up on my G2 in Austin, Texas.

    What gives?

    Why claim 4G and when I’m barely getting 3G speeds.

    I even had my sim card switched out.

    I’m totally not convinced and tired of the lies.

    • http://Website JaylanPHNX

      Nobody ever told you that service didn’t vary by location. You weren’t lied to, you just didn’t get what you hoped. Plenty of people get 3-6 Mbps in plenty of places.

      • http://Website Trey

        So your telling me that if I want to reap the benefits of the 4G speeds, I should relocate my home and job to another side of town that has better coverage?


        We should be able to at least get a consistent coverage throughout the city claiming to have 4G and not just ‘certain areas’. At least within the confines of the city limits.

        • http://Website watbetch

          Are you retarded? 1Mbps is 3G speed.

          Speed varies by congestion

          You DON’T get a dedicated 10Mbps pipe of speed. It’s shared by everyone.

          Backhaul is also a limiting factor.

          3G speed varies. It’s not constant. 1Mbps is fine for nearly all of the tasks you can do on a phone.

  • http://Website Tito!

    I am impressed. Last night, I received 14.1 Mbps!
    I read this thinking my city, could have been a 42Mbps Launch.
    but is isn’t!
    So hmm, impressive. I Cannot wait until Salt Lake City gets 42 HSPA+
    Besides that, this merger needs to be denied.
    So that my City can enjoy NFC-usage next year, with T-Mobile being apart of it as it’s own independent compnay.
    F*** AT&T :D

  • http://Website Lumen

    I already had 42Mbps on my iPhone 4 with at&t lately…

    • http://Website Mocha K

      Ha ha…. That was the best joke i ever heard. Thanks for the laugh.

    • lemonkneefresh

      that’s funny your iPhone got that much speed cause the iPhone 4 only has an antenna of up to 7.2mbs download. unless you were connected to your home wifi.